Winnipeg to host tattoo convention this summer



May 15, 2017 – The first annual Winnipeg Tattoo Convention is happening August 18, 19 and 20 at Exhibition Place, Red River Exhibition Park. This three-day event is bringing more than 200 renowned tattoo artists from across the world to showcase their art and talent with live tattooing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Winnipeg Tattoo Convention marks a first for Manitoba which has never hosted a tattoo convention.

“Manitoba truly has a world class arts and tattoo community. We are honoured to be hosting over 200 of the best men and women working in the medium today,” says convention Director of Operations Rich Handford who is a tattoo artist and owner of Kapala Tattoo in Winnipeg. “It is such a privilege to host an event of this calibre here in our hometown.”

The convention will feature local talent and some of the best tattoo artists in Canada, as well as artists from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, Spain and Germany. Tattoo conventions are opportunities for attendees to see and experience tattooing from some of the industry’s best and are a celebration of tattoo art and culture. The event will also host entertainment, a variety of vendors, food trucks and run alongside Manitoba’s new night market.

“This event will not only bring economic opportunity to our city but it will showcase Winnipeg as a cultural hub and destination.” Handford is a veteran tattoo artist with 30 years of experience who has visited dozens of tattoo conventions around the world.

“Tattoos are powerful – they speak to people in every culture and from every walk of life in different ways. Tattooing has given myself and my family a rich, full life and I am excited share these experiences with the people of Manitoba.”

More information on the weekend’s events and all the attending tattoo artists can be found at Handford is available for interviews and high-quality video is available for use.